Giving High School Dropouts a Second Chance
- Over 400 kids drop out every year in Durham.
- Almost 1 in 3 teens don’t graduate on time.
CIS of Durham is determined to change these
One solution is The Durham Performance Learning Center (PLC), a collaborative non-traditional, credit recovery high school in partnership with Durham Public Schools. Each year, the school serves more than 100 students who are typically one to two years behind in course credits. The Durham PLC creates the necessary support system for students to graduate with a diploma and to prepare them for life after high school. The students are surrounded by caring staff and experience an intense focus on academic achievement. In addition, they are exposed to career and college opportunities and prepared for postsecondary success.
The online curriculum and small class size allow students to learn at their own pace and accelerate their progress toward graduation. Students also participate in internships and are matched with mentors, bridging the gap between the academics learned in the classroom and the practical knowledge necessary for success.
In the 2011-12 school year, 96% of eligible seniors graduated!
To learn more, please see the video below or visit www.wunc.org to hear about the "American Graduate Project" and their coverage on the Durham Performance Learning Center.